Pharrell Is ‘Happy’ At # 1 On Billboard Hot 100!

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Hit-making man of the moment Pharrell Williams has ample reasons to be, er, happy. As if his utter slay-age in 2013 (Daft Punk, Robin Thicke) wasn’t enough, 2014 is already shaping up to be another Pharrell-dominated extravaganza.

For starters, Pharrell’s Academy Award-nominated single ‘Happy‘ (from the OST of ‘Despicable Me 2‘) dethrones Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse‘ after a 4-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart this week. ‘Happy‘ thus becomes Pharrell’s very first # 1 hit as a lead artist, and his fourth overall including features.

The bigger achievement? Pharrell becomes the first black artist since Rihanna to top the Hot 100 as a lead artist – she led the Hot 100 with ‘Diamonds‘ in 2012. Which basically means that no black artist led the Hot 100 in 2013 (?!), which truly represents a sorry state of affairs in the industry. Can mainstream radio please get off their arses and take note?

Happy‘ sold a stellar 402,000 digital units this week, easily dominating the Digital Songs Chart for a second week, while leading the R’n’B/Hip Hop Songs Chart for a third. With Pharrell scheduled to perform ‘Happy‘ at the upcoming Oscars, the song is easily on course to spend a second week on top of the Hot 100, irrespective of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse‘ video premiere boosting the song’s overall chart points. Perry slips down a notch to # 2 this week with Horse.

The Billboard Top 10 Singles this week are :

1. Happy – Pharrell Williams

2. Dark Horse – Katy Perry feat Juicy J

3. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo feat 2 Chainz

4. All Of Me – John Legend

5. Drunk In Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z

6. Pompeii – Bastille

7. Team – Lorde

8. Say Something – A Great Big World And Christina Aguilera

9. Counting Stars – OneRepublic

10. Timber – Pitbull feat Ke$ha

The Billboard Top 10 Albums this week are :

1. Frozen (OST) – Various

2. The Outsiders – Eric Church

3. Cole Swindell – Cole Swindell

4. Now 49 – Various

5. Beyoncé – Beyoncé

6. Pure Heroine – Lorde

7. Prism – Katy Perry

8. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars

9. Issues – Issues

10. Love, Marriage And Divorce – Toni Braxton And Babyface